NPD to Hold Operation Cadence with High-Visibility Traffic Enforcement Projects on Memorial Day Weekend

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 05/23/2019
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

This Memorial Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the start of the summer. Sadly, this festive time is a dangerous time for Oklahoma’s roads. For this reason, the Norman Police Department will be out in full force implementing traffic safety enforcement projects across Norman. The safety projects will include a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday night as well as high-visibility enforcement in areas that will have an increased level of holiday travel throughout Memorial Day weekend.

Named in memory of Cadence Gordon, who was tragically killed in a collision caused by a driver under the influence of narcotics in Norman on Labor Day in 2013, the operation will focus on seatbelt usage, safe driving, and reducing impaired driving.

During the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend, six people died in collisions on Oklahoma roads with three of those fatalities occurring in alcohol-related collisions. To stop impaired drivers and eliminate other social harms, Norman police will deploy various safety enforcement projects focused on occupant protection, hazardous traffic violations, and a checkpoint to target impaired driving. Patrons can expect an increased presence of officers who will show zero tolerance.

If you are going to consume alcohol this holiday weekend, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. If impaired, call a taxi, ride-share service, friend, or family member to drive you home. But whatever you do, do not drink and drive and always remember to BUCKLE UP LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY

The Operation Cadence Enforcement Project is held in partnership with NHTSA, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and ENDUI Oklahoma.